Fire Doors An Essential Guide To: Protection & Peace of Mind

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Fire Doors - Costs, Requirements and Expert Tips

We at Sheerwater Glass, are committed to enhancing the safety and security of all our customers homes and businesses within Surrey.

When it comes to safeguarding your home and family, fire doors doors are an absolute necessity, not just a luxury.

Where required, we are very happy to install fire doors, being certified installers by FireQual, the nationally recognised Fire Regulated Qualifications.

Our fire doors aren't just about meeting the minimum requirements; they exceed them. With triple certification, they adhere to strict fire, smoke, and enhanced security standards. This means they have been rigorously tested and audited to ensure they consistently meet high safety and performance criteria.

These specially made fire rated doors are designed to contain the spread of fire and smoke, providing precious time for a safe exit in case of an emergency.


Fire Door Requirements: Understanding their Importance

According to UK building codes, fire doors are essential for homeowners in specific situations.

If you own a two-storey home with a garage and a door leading into the house, or if you have a new-build property with three or more storeys, fire-resistant doors are a legal requirement.

These regulations exist for a good reason – to make sure the safety of everyone and that they meet with the exacting building codes.

A DIY installation can render these doors virtually useless, putting many lives at risk.


Fire Door Installation Cost: A Comprehensive Overview

When it comes to the cost of fire door installation, several factors are keen to understand.

Composite fire doors, which are more common in domestic properties, typically range in price from up to £3400 for a standard size single door, including installation by our professionals.

It's important to note that these costs exclude additional work such as architraves, significant modifications to frames or lining, and any necessary building works.


Key Considerations for Fire-Resistant Door Installation

While safety is be the top priority when it comes to fire door installation, there's no reason why these doors can't blend in seamlessly with your home's original character.

We can offer fire doors in various styles and finishes, allowing you to choose an option that complements your home without compromising on its safety.

It's also important to know when and where fire doors are best positioned in your home. If you're unsure, it's best to ask us and our surveyor let you know exactly the where they are needed.

It's, always best to have a professional measure your doors and provide guidance on sizes, as some fire doors may not be suitable for your property.

Customisation and Compliance

Understanding that every property has different needs, we offer fire doors that are not only compliant with the latest standards (including BS EN 1634 for fire resistance and smoke control, and PAS 24 for enhanced security) but are also customisable in terms of size, colour, and design.

Whether you're looking to protect your family home or a large commercial property, we have the solutions that can blend safety with style.

FAQs: Addressing Common Concerns

How long does it take to install a fire door?

On average, it takes a professional approximately half a day to install a fire door properly, without any alterations or encountering any problems in the installation.

Is a fire door a legal requirement?

All new buildings should come equipped with fire doors installed to protect exit routes.

If your home has more than two storeys, a fire-resistant door is critical for improving the safety of your building and complying with building regulations.

Any door leading to a stairwell should be a fire door, and most importantly, there should be a fire door between your home and garage.  If you're unsure about the specific requirements for your property, it's best to call us and we can let you know.

Can anyone install a fire door?

Theoretically, anyone can attempt to install a fire door. However, incorrect installation can render the door pretty much useless in its purpose of containing fire and smoke.

The investment in calling us, professional installer is a small cost to the lives potentially saved if you don't.

Therefore it is always best to hire a professional to ensure proper installation is in line with current building regulations.

Can you fit a fire door to an existing frame?

To ensure a correct installation, a new frame that fits perfectly with the door would be required and generally supplied with the door. This would meet regulations and be far safer for residents and the property alike.


Fire Door Installation Checklist

To ensure a seamless and safe fire door installation process, follow this checklist:

1. Always use a professional to install a fire door to ensure correct installation in line with building regulations.

2. Make sure your chosen fire door has the correct rating – the most common being FD30.

3. Keep frame size in mind when purchasing the door, as they may need to be adjusted.

4. For full fire-proofing protection, ensure frames and any fillers used are also fire-resistant.

By understanding the costs and requirements surrounding a professional fire door installation, you can make the right decision that puts first the safety of your home and that of your loved ones.

Remember, while the installation cost may seem like an additional expense, it's a small price to pay for the peace of mind and potential lifesaving benefits that fire-resistant doors provide. As well as adhering to full building regulations.

At Sheerwater Glass, we're proud to offer our help and expertise in installing high-quality fire doors across Surrey and surrounding areas.

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